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Ronald Reagan: Remarks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner - April 17, 1986

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
6.8
Gunning Fog:
8.6
Coleman Liau:
10.6
SMOG:
10.2
ARI:
6.2

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
5.3
Sprache:
5.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
286.0
Sprache:
258.0

Statistics

Characters:
4,358
Sentences:
75
Words:
973
Syllables:
12.97
Words Per Sentence:
1,426
Syllables Per Word:
1.47
Seconds:
451.52
Words Per Minute:
129.30

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment/Humor
Ronald Reagan
00:00:00.000 - 00:01:09.440
You know, we're both pleased to be here. This is also the night of the Kremlin Correspondents Dinner in Moscow. [Laughter] That's when the members of the Soviet media gather to laugh at Gorbachev's jokes -- [Laughter] -- or else. [Laughter] You know, I rehearsed my lines in front of Don Regan, and I asked him if he thought my -- how my timing was, and he said, "Almost as good as Daniel Ortega's." [Laughter] He said that I was supposed to get up here and make the press laugh.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
7.0
Gunning Fog:
8.0
Coleman Liau:
8.5
SMOG:
9.5
ARI:
6.9

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
4.8
Sprache:
4.5

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
22.0
Sprache:
21.0

Statistics

Characters:
368
Sentences:
5
Words:
89
Syllables:
17.80
Words Per Sentence:
124
Syllables Per Word:
1.33
Seconds:
69.44
Words Per Minute:
76.90

Sentiment

Harvard IV:
0.05
VADER:
0.93
AFINN:
10.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment/Humor

Entities

Moscow [Country, City, State]
the Kremlin Correspondents Dinner [Event]
Soviet [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
Daniel Ortega's [Person]
Don Regan [Person]
the night [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:01:09.440 - 00:01:38.880
Well, there's nothing I like better than a challenge -- [Laughter] -- like making people laugh just 2 days after April 15th. I understand ABC's having some budget problems. The news division has already laid off three hairstylists. [Laughter] Well, they aren't alone. That sweater Dan Rather wears came from Goodwill Industries. [Laughter]

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
5.8
Gunning Fog:
6.5
Coleman Liau:
12.0
SMOG:
8.5
ARI:
7.2

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
5.1
Sprache:
3.2

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
15.0
Sprache:
19.0

Statistics

Characters:
264
Sentences:
6
Words:
51
Syllables:
8.50
Words Per Sentence:
85
Syllables Per Word:
1.53
Seconds:
29.44
Words Per Minute:
103.94

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.02
Harvard IV:
0.03
VADER:
0.34
AFINN:
5.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment

Entities

three [Cardinal Number]
April 15th [Date]
just 2 days [Date]
Goodwill Industries [Organization]
Dan Rather [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:01:38.880 - 00:02:27.480
And I hear that NBC's going to do a hard-hitting report saying the only reason Ron Reagan, Jr.'s, career has taken off is because he has a famous father, and the guy saying it will be Chris Wallace. [Laughter] At my last press conference, I thought that gimmick of wearing a red dress to get my attention went a little too far, but it was a nice try, Sam [Donaldson]. [Laughter] It must be exciting, though, being a correspondent in a place where all the political action is.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
9.4
Gunning Fog:
11.2
Coleman Liau:
8.2
SMOG:
10.3
ARI:
9.0

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
5.3
Sprache:
5.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
24.0
Sprache:
29.0

Statistics

Characters:
367
Sentences:
4
Words:
90
Syllables:
22.50
Words Per Sentence:
123
Syllables Per Word:
1.38
Seconds:
48.60
Words Per Minute:
111.11

Sentiment

Harvard IV:
0.05
VADER:
0.84
AFINN:
7.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment

Entities

Jr.'s [Country, City, State]
Chris Wallace [Person]
Ron Reagan [Person]
Sam [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:02:27.480 - 00:03:05.800
Unfortunately, you're here and the action's in Chicago. [Laughter] Those last few weeks have really been hectic what with Libya, Nicaragua, and the budget and taxes. I don't know about you, but I've been working long hours. I've really been burning the midday oil. [Laughter] You know, I received an invitation that said, "Please come to Ellis Island July 4th for the hundredth birthday celebration of an American institution." Somebody goofed.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
8.7
Gunning Fog:
8.2
Coleman Liau:
12.0
SMOG:
11.3
ARI:
7.8

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
6.4
Sprache:
4.5

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
27.0
Sprache:
29.0

Statistics

Characters:
358
Sentences:
6
Words:
73
Syllables:
12.17
Words Per Sentence:
123
Syllables Per Word:
1.66
Seconds:
38.32
Words Per Minute:
114.30

Sentiment

Harvard IV:
0.04
VADER:
0.31
AFINN:
4.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment

Entities

Chicago [Country, City, State]
Libya [Country, City, State]
Nicaragua [Country, City, State]
July 4th [Date]
Those last few weeks [Date]
Ellis Island [Location]
American [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
hundredth [Ordinal Number]
action's [Organization]
working long hours [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:03:05.800 - 00:03:45.120
My birthday isn't until February. [Laughter] And it really won't be my hundredth, although I've been around for a while. I can remember when a hot story broke and the reporters would run in yelling, "Stop the chisels!" [Laughter] I received another letter from Gorbachev today. He proposed holding American-style elections in the U.S.S.R., opening his borders for the free movement of people, establishing an independent news media, and tearing down the Berlin Wall.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
7.1
Gunning Fog:
8.6
Coleman Liau:
11.9
SMOG:
10.1
ARI:
5.2

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
5.6
Sprache:
4.1

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
26.0
Sprache:
29.0

Statistics

Characters:
377
Sentences:
9
Words:
80
Syllables:
8.89
Words Per Sentence:
130
Syllables Per Word:
1.63
Seconds:
39.32
Words Per Minute:
122.08

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.01
Harvard IV:
-0.01
VADER:
-0.25
AFINN:
2.00

Topics

0:
Hobbies & Leisure

Entities

hundredth [Cardinal Number]
I've [Cardinal Number]
U.S.S.R. [Country, City, State]
February [Date]
today [Date]
the Berlin Wall [Infrastructure]
American [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
Gorbachev [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:03:45.120 - 00:04:22.840
Pat Buchanan dismissed it as nothing new. [Laughter] People are too ready to jump to conclusions. The other day when I told Don Regan I was opposed to dictators whoever or wherever they are, he asked me if he should start packing. [Laughter] I have good news and bad news for Mario Cuomo. The good news is the polls show Americans favoring an Italian for President.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
6.9
Gunning Fog:
8.3
Coleman Liau:
10.1
SMOG:
10.9
ARI:
5.9

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
5.4
Sprache:
4.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
20.0
Sprache:
21.0

Statistics

Characters:
290
Sentences:
5
Words:
66
Syllables:
13.20
Words Per Sentence:
100
Syllables Per Word:
1.47
Seconds:
37.72
Words Per Minute:
104.98

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.03
Harvard IV:
-0.06
VADER:
0.77
AFINN:
1.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment/Humor

Entities

The other day [Date]
Americans [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
Italian [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
Don Regan [Person]
Mario Cuomo [Person]
Pat Buchanan [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:04:22.840 - 00:04:57.320
The bad news is it's Lee Iacocca. [Laughter] You know, someone asked me if I thought the Republicans can beat the Democratic Presidential candidate in 1988. Well, you bet we can. And we will beat Lyndon LaRouche. [Laughter] You know, I do follow what you write. One of you just recently wrote a piece questioning why things seem to be going so well for me lately.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
5.0
Gunning Fog:
6.8
Coleman Liau:
9.2
SMOG:
9.9
ARI:
4.1

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
3.9
Sprache:
3.5

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
14.0
Sprache:
19.0

Statistics

Characters:
280
Sentences:
6
Words:
66
Syllables:
11
Words Per Sentence:
93
Syllables Per Word:
1.38
Seconds:
34.48
Words Per Minute:
114.85

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.04
Harvard IV:
-0.01
VADER:
-0.02
AFINN:
-4.00

Topics

0:
News/Politics

Entities

One [Cardinal Number]
1988 [Date]
Democratic [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
Republicans [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
Lee Iacocca [Person]
Lyndon LaRouche [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:04:57.320 - 00:05:22.960
Well, it's just a case of letting Reagan be Regan. [Laughter] I've been criticized for going over the head of Congress. So what's the fuss? A lot of things go over their heads. [Laughter] This afternoon, someone told me that the average IQ of Washington had risen by 75 points. I asked him how he accounted for it.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
4.0
Gunning Fog:
7.3
Coleman Liau:
8.5
SMOG:
9.0
ARI:
2.9

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
4.3
Sprache:
3.2

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
14.0
Sprache:
17.0

Statistics

Characters:
240
Sentences:
6
Words:
58
Syllables:
9.67
Words Per Sentence:
78
Syllables Per Word:
1.34
Seconds:
25.64
Words Per Minute:
135.73

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.02
Harvard IV:
-0.05
VADER:
-0.10
AFINN:
-2.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment

Entities

75 [Cardinal Number]
Washington [Country, City, State]
Congress [Organization]
Reagan [Person]
Regan [Person]
This afternoon [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:05:22.960 - 00:05:37.360
He said Dick Cavett just landed at the airport. [Laughter] I know all of you folks are looking forward to hearing Dick Cavett this evening. Dick feels that he was hampered on commercial television because of his image as an intellectual. I had the same problem. [Laughter] When I told Nancy that Dick was going to be here, she asked if I minded watching something with subtitles.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
6.9
Gunning Fog:
8.9
Coleman Liau:
10.8
SMOG:
9.5
ARI:
6.6

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
5.6
Sprache:
4.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
21.0
Sprache:
21.0

Statistics

Characters:
303
Sentences:
5
Words:
67
Syllables:
13.40
Words Per Sentence:
103
Syllables Per Word:
1.46
Seconds:
14.40
Words Per Minute:
279.17

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.03
Harvard IV:
0.03
VADER:
-0.91
AFINN:
-18.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment/Humor
1:
Arts & Entertainment/TV & Video/TV Shows & Programs

Entities

Dick [Person]
Dick Cavett [Person]
Nancy [Person]
this evening [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:05:37.360 - 00:05:57.040
And I said, "A foreign movie?" She said "No, Dick Cavett interviewing Bill Buckley." [Laughter] But Dick is living proof that good things come in small packages. He was once the centerfold for Reader's Digest. Tonight the president of your organization, Gary Schuster, passes the torch to your new president, Bill Plante.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
6.1
Gunning Fog:
7.3
Coleman Liau:
12.0
SMOG:
8.4
ARI:
6.8

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
6.8
Sprache:
3.8

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
22.0
Sprache:
22.0

Statistics

Characters:
269
Sentences:
5
Words:
56
Syllables:
11.20
Words Per Sentence:
85
Syllables Per Word:
1.46
Seconds:
19.68
Words Per Minute:
170.73

Sentiment

Harvard IV:
0.02
VADER:
-0.41
AFINN:
-6.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment

Entities

Reader's Digest [Organization]
Bill Buckley [Person]
Bill Plante [Person]
Dick [Person]
Dick Cavett [Person]
Gary Schuster [Person]
Tonight [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:05:57.040 - 00:06:29.840
They tell me Bill is the CBS sex symbol, and here I was loaded with one-liners about Lesley Stahl. [Laughter] Well, before we steal away, I will be serious for a moment. We might have a tendency, you and I, to be a bit disputatious now and then. That's all part and parcel of our trade. But during a time like this -- during a hectic and historic week, I'm especially grateful for all your efforts to provide a vigorous, probing, and unbiased free press.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
7.7
Gunning Fog:
10.1
Coleman Liau:
8.4
SMOG:
10.0
ARI:
6.5

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
4.9
Sprache:
4.9

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
22.0
Sprache:
27.0

Statistics

Characters:
350
Sentences:
5
Words:
85
Syllables:
17
Words Per Sentence:
121
Syllables Per Word:
1.41
Seconds:
32.80
Words Per Minute:
155.49

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.02
Harvard IV:
0.01
VADER:
0.91
AFINN:
6.00

Topics

0:
Arts & Entertainment

Entities

one [Cardinal Number]
CBS [Organization]
Bill [Person]
Lesley Stahl [Person]
Ronald Reagan
00:06:29.840 - 00:07:03.480
I saluted the courage of our Air Force and Navy pilots after they carried out their difficult and dangerous mission this week, but another group also performed courageously and well, working endless hours, putting themselves in harm's way, trying to give the American people the best and most accurate account possible of one of the most important stories of this decade. "Courage," Churchill said, "is the one quality which guarantees all others." This was a week for courage and for superior performance in your profession as well.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
12.0
Gunning Fog:
18.3
Coleman Liau:
12.0
SMOG:
12.0
ARI:
12.0

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
6.7
Sprache:
5.0

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
30.0
Sprache:
29.0

Statistics

Characters:
449
Sentences:
3
Words:
91
Syllables:
30.33
Words Per Sentence:
147
Syllables Per Word:
1.58
Seconds:
33.64
Words Per Minute:
162.31

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
-0.02
Harvard IV:
0.08
VADER:
0.98
AFINN:
14.00

Topics

0:
Law & Government/Military

Entities

one [Cardinal Number]
a week [Date]
this decade [Date]
this week [Date]
American [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
Air Force [Organization]
Courage [Organization]
Navy [Organization]
Churchill [Person]
working endless hours [Time]
Ronald Reagan
00:07:03.480 - 00:07:30.680
And I'm delighted to salute you and all of your colleagues overseas. We've had a fine time here tonight, and I've been especially thankful to feel laughter and patriotism warm our hearts, to know that liberty binds us as one. May it always be so. And thank you for including Nancy and me in these wonderful festivities, and God bless you all.

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
7.6
Gunning Fog:
12.0
Coleman Liau:
9.9
SMOG:
11.8
ARI:
6.9

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
4.3
Sprache:
4.3

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
14.0
Sprache:
21.0

Statistics

Characters:
271
Sentences:
4
Words:
62
Syllables:
15.50
Words Per Sentence:
94
Syllables Per Word:
1.45
Seconds:
27.20
Words Per Minute:
136.76

Sentiment

Loughran-McDonald:
0.02
Harvard IV:
0.16
VADER:
0.99
AFINN:
19.00

Entities

I've [Language]
I'm [Organization]
We've [Organization]
Nancy [Person]
tonight [Time]
Note
00:07:30.680 - 00:07:31.520
[The President spoke at 8:14 p.m. at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Donald T. Regan was Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, and Patrick J. Buchanan was Assistant to the President and Director of Communications.]

Grade Level Score

Flesch Kincaid:
4.1
Gunning Fog:
3.3
Coleman Liau:
10.1
SMOG:
8.6
ARI:
2.1

Readability Score

Dale Chall:
6.3
Sprache:
2.4

Difficult Words

Dale Chall:
15.0
Sprache:
13.0

Statistics

Characters:
172
Sentences:
7
Words:
39
Syllables:
5.57
Words Per Sentence:
57
Syllables Per Word:
1.49
Seconds:
0.84
Words Per Minute:
2,785.71